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Devotion for 9 April 2020 - We can have peace

Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,

While most of are staying connected with our love ones by such things as Skype, Zoom and Facebook during this time of lock, some of us, particularly those who live alone, are really missing having physical contact and fellowship with others.  As they say there is nothing like the real thing.  However, in today’s devotional passage we see that we should never feel truly alone if God is with us.

So, if you have your Bibles with you can I encourage you to turn to John chapter 16 and we will be reading from verses 31-33.

John 16: 31-33

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.  “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In this passage we see Jesus’ deep love for his disciples. Even though he starts by talking about the fact they are going to desert him and scatter like frightened sheep to hide in their homes, he doesn’t dwell on their betrayal, but the fact that when they will look back at the way they behaved that he predicted their behavior and they would see it as evidence of his foreknowledge and divinity and the fact that his arrest death, burial and resurrection were all part of God’s plan.

Jesus” words also make it very clear that we live in a fallen world where we will all  experience trouble, whether it be through persecution or the threat of disease, but we don’t need to be anxious because in the midst of suffering and hardship we can have peace because in his death, burial and resurrection Jesus demonstrated that he can overcome any obstacles the world can throw at us, and he is more than capable of keeping his promises including the fact that he will never leave us or forsake and that one day we will be with him.

Prayer

Gracious Lord thank you that in the midst of hard times we can have peace in knowing that you have overcome the world and have the reassurance of knowing we are not alone, but you are with us.  Amen

God bless

Pastor Jonathan



 

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